Road race championship draws to a close at Jurby
Ryan and Callum Crowe were on superb form at Jurby on Sunday, winning both sidecar races at a canter (Photo: John Watterson)
The local road racing championship season drew to a close at Jurby Motordrome on Sunday in generally good conditions.
The curtain will finally fall after Andreas Racing Association’s traditional four-hour endurance event on October 15.
After a year’s absence from the 1.7-mile ‘airfield’ circuit in 2019, the sidecar class has been one of the main success stories.
Half a dozen crews battled it out on Sunday, led home in both by the redoubtable Crowe brothers in their first local outing since crashing out of the Southern 100 championship race in July.
They did race at Cadwell Park in mid-August and younger of the pair, Callum, is set to passenger for Harry Payne in the FIM Sidecar World Championship event at Oschersleben in Germany the weekend after next.
Ryan and Callum would love a crack at the world championship themselves next year if the proposed F2 class comes to fruition.
There is no doubting their ability, on closed roads or short circuits, and they certainly showed their class on Sunday with two comfortable victories.
Aboard their 2022 TT Honda LCR outfit they beat Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle by 18 seconds in race one and 16.6s in race two, with Mike Jackson and Jake Roberts third in each.
Craig Melvin and Stuart Christian had a brace of fourth places on their LCR Suzuki, having jumped ship from the KTM twin they rode earlier in the year, and did enough to win the championship for a third time in a decade by a narrow margin of four points from Jackson/Roberts.
Ryan Cringle had already sealed a record fifth solo Centre championship title at the previous meeting, so he let younger sibling Jamie take the reins of the Honda Fireblade for a try out.
Despite a slow getaway from the rear of the grid, the latter won the first eight-lapper by more than 13s from MGP newcomer Paul Cassidy.
Attempting to complete another motocross/road race double bill (but failing on this occasion), Ryan Cringle rode his 600cc Honda in the second race, but that did not have the pace of the ‘Blade and was 15s adrift at the close in second place.
With Cassidy a non-finisher, the Cringle brothers’ first cousin Kyle Casement finished third in that race to complete a family 1-2-3.
Decisively, Casement ousted Marc Colvin from the No.2 spot overall by a narrow margin of four points.
Colvin’s consolation was sealing both the Post-Classic and 700cc four-stroke Twins classes overall.
l More on that and the other Andreas Racing Association club championships in next week’s edition.
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